O post de hoje é um “guest video” (guest post em forma de vídeo) feito pelo blogueiro e professor canadense Joe Crossman. Ele possui um canal no Youtube e um blog, onde ele dá dicas de inglês a quem se interessar.
Perguntei se ele poderia escrever algo para o blog, porém ele preferiu fazer um vídeo a respeito. O tema escolhido por ele foi os 3 erros mais comuns que os estudantes de inglês cometem. Bem, pelo menos os estudantes dele. O resultado foi o vídeo abaixo:
Caso você não tenha entendido algo que ele falou, segue abaixo a transcrição do vídeo (a partir de 0:35, pois antes disso ele se apresenta):
These are the three most common mistakes I see my students make when they are writing, ok? I’ll explain them.
The first common mistake is singular and plural nouns. Many times they’ll write something like “I have many friend” or “There were three reason”.. I don’t know why they do this. Perhaps it’s because in their languages they don’t have the letter S to pluralize, maybe.
Regardless of the reason, it is a mistake in English. So, when you’re writing, if you check the nouns after you finish writing your sentence or your paragraph, check the nouns and ask yourself: do you mean one or do you mean many of those things? If you ask yourself those questions, you’ll be able to find and fix all the singular-plural mistakes.
The second most common mistake I find is subject-verb agreement. We all know about those rules. They go with, hum, I say, you say, they say, he says, she says, it says, but when you’re writing something, sometimes you’re in a hurry and you make a little mistake and you forget them.
So, when you finish writing, go back and double check. Check all the verbs and make sure that they match up and that they agree with the subject of your sentence. Also, you can check to make sure you have a subject and a verb in every sentence.
The last common mistake that I find in my students’ writing is with Tenses. Many times students are confused about which tense they should use, because there are so many different tenses and they get very hard to remember.
When my students are writing essays, however, I recommend that they use the Simple Present Tense quite often, because in that tense, if you say something like “Elephants are big”, it’s true today, it’s true yesterday and it’s true in the future. This is true! Or, “Many people smoke cigarettes”. I’m not just talking about the past, or the future. I’m talking about all time.
So, the Simple Present is the most common tense. It’s often what we write in. And we have examples of something, perhaps sometimes we say “My uncle was in a car accident”. So that’s when we use the Past Tense. If you try and keep those two straight, you should be okay, when you’re writing an essay with examples.
So, that’s my video about the three most common types of writing mistakes I find in my students’ writing. I hope this video has been helpful and I hope you have a good time on this blog.
Until next time!
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